The Continuum History of Apocalypticism

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Bernard McGinn, John J. Collins, John James Collins, Stephen Stein
A&C Black, Oct 1, 2003 - Religion - 672 pages
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"Apocalypticism has been the source of hope and courage for the oppressed, but has also given rise, on many occasions, to fanaticism and intolerance. The essays in this volume seek neither to apologize for the extravagance of apocalyptic thinkers nor to excuse the perverse actions of some of their followers. Rather, they strive to understand a powerful, perhaps even indispensable, element in the history of Western religions that has been the source of both good and evil, and still is yet today."The Editors

The Continuum History of Apocalypticism is a 1-volume, select edition of the 3-vol. Encyclopedia of Apocalypticism first published in 1998. The main historical surveys that provided the spine of the Encyclopedia have been retained, while essays of a thematic nature, and a few whose subject matter is not central to the historical development, have been omitted. The work begins with 8 articles on "The Origins of Apocalypticism in the Ancient World," extending from ancient Near Eastern myth through the Old Testament to the Dead Sea Scrolls, Jesus, Paul, and the Book of Revelation. Next are 7 articles on "Apocalyptic Traditions from Late Antiquity to ca. 1800 C.E.," including early Christian theology, radical movements in the Middle Ages, and both Jewish and Islamic apocalypticism in the classic period. The final section, "Apocalypticism in the Modern Age," includes 10 articles on apocalypticism in the Americas, in Western and Eastern Europe, and, finally, in modern Judaism and modern Islam.
  

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Contents

The Roots of Apocalypticism in Near Eastern Myth
3
Persian Apocalypticism
30
The Expectation of the
64
Apocalypticism in the Dead Sea Scrolls
89
Messianism and Apocalypticism
112
The Eschatology of Jesus
139
Paul and Apocalyptic Eschatology
166
Adela Yarbro Collins
195
Jewish Apocalypticism 6701670
354
Islamic Apocalypticism in the Classic Period
380
Apocalypticism in Central and South American Colonialism
417
Apocalypticism in Colonial North America
441
Apocalypticism in Mainstream Protestantism 1800 to the Present
467
Apocalypticism Outside the Mainstream in the United States
493
The Growth of Fundamentalist Apocalyptic in the United States
516
in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries
545

PART 2
212
APOCALYPTIC TRADITIONS
219
Byzantine Apocalypses
254
Apocalypticism and Church Reform 11001500
273
Radical Apocalyptic Movements in the Late Middle Ages
299
Western Apocalypticism ca 15001800
323
The Messianism of Success in Contemporary Judaism
563
The Resurgence of Apocalyptic in Modern Islam
582
Apocalypticism in Modern Western Europe
607
Apocalypticism in Eastern Europe
628
Index of Ancient Sources
649
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Bernard McGinn is the Naomi Shenstone Donnelly Professor Historical Theology and the History of Christianity at the University of Chicago Divinity School. John J. Collins is Holmes Professor of Old Testament Criticism and Interpretation at Yale University Divinity School. Stephen J. Stein teaches Religious Studis at Indiana University.

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